Well, the weekend has come and gone. Auburn disappointed David and me. That’s all I’m going to say on that subject.
I baked one poundcake in the tube pan followed by three loaf poundcakes to go to various places (mainly back to Athens with Robert). If that wasn’t enough, I made Tracy’s aunt’s apple cake…yummmm, for dessert after yesterday’s bbq lunch. Then Saturday night we had homemade pizza yes, I said homemade. Thank God for bread machines. I was a baking fool!
Now that it’s Monday I must get back to business in the Word. Hebrews’ lesson 8 awaits my attention. Today will be a day of sequestering which means I won’t answer my phone nor will I check email every hour (that’s the most challenging thing for me). Can you believe it? My email just “dinged” alerting me to the fact that I have an incoming message….oh, the struggle.
I admit, I checked. But, I didn’t read it or respond to it. Yea, for me!
Enough chit chat. Let’s get back to Philippians 1:9-11.
When we left off the other day, we had looked at Paul’s prayer for the Philippian believers; that they would have that overflowing love. One thing I did not touch on was that word “real” before “knowledge” (I’m using the NASB translation) and how it further clears up that word “knowledge”.
In the Greek this “real knowledge” looks and sounds like, πίγνωσις, epígnōsis. Here is what it means: the insight obtained by penetrating knowledge, going down to the foundation. “Discernment” used in that verse and transliterated as “aísthēsis”, however, is experiential knowledge which is or becomes naturally manifold, and therefore has the addition of pása or “all”.
Zodhiates says this “real knowledge” is “the discernment which comes in connection with possessing salvation which helps in determining moral conduct.”
Here is where it gets so good and something I pray we would all receive. You see, we can have all the biblical head knowledge possible, but without salvation…it is nothing. If we stuff it in our minds, but don’t use it in life (application) then what are we doing? We want our knowledge of God to be real to our very core so that in living life we can be godly in how we treat others in the body as well as ourselves. Knowledge of God must be real so that we can discern how to live all of life. We have to develop that muscle, but it’s not a work. It’s the normal response that grows out of real knowledge of Who God is and put into application in our lives. It’s walking the talk.
“On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.” Is our knowledge of God penetrating down to the foundation of our souls? Does it reach you in the deepest places and change, convict, or encourage you?
Remember, even the demons believe God and they shudder. (James 2:19). Prior to this verse, it reads, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”
I think this portion from James sums up Paul’s prayer in Philippians. In our Bible study terms we would pray that our knowledge would not be head knowledge, but heart knowledge, taken in and lived out because of our salvation.
Maybe tomorrow we’ll move out of Philippians 1:9.
Gotta go do my homework. Hug yourselves.